Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics (PhD)

Ireland

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The award
PhD

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 12825 per year

All study options

About Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics at Mary Immaculate College

This doctoral programme in Applied Linguistics is a four-year, full-time programme which includes a combination of taught modules (in Year 1 of the programme) and individual research, the principal component being the doctoral thesis. In tandem with the doctoral thesis, this programme aims to enhance the professional knowledge of language teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language as a system (grammar, lexis and phonology), language learning and acquisition, as well as language in its broader societal context.

The taught component of the Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics (PhD AL) aims to provide a broad-based course of study in language description (language systems: grammar, lexis and phonology), theories of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, frameworks for the study of discourse, as well as specialist research skills for the empirical analysis of language in context. Specifically, it aims to:

  • Enhance the professional knowledge of language teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language as a system (grammar, lexis and phonology), language learning and acquisition, as well as language in its broader societal context.
  • Develop students' ability to utilise theoretical frameworks for the analysis of discourse to address specific language-related real-world problems concerning the learning, use, teaching and assessment of language;
  • Promote an in-depth understanding of the key issues and debates in the field of Applied Linguistics;
  • Develop specialist skills in the empirical analysis of language in context using corpus linguistics and other digital tools.

The taught modules will be offered in a face-to-face environment and blended learning will be used to offer flexibility for learners.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPhDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesEUR 12825 per year

Notes about fees for this course

The fee displayed here is only for the first year of study, for more information about tuition fees, please visit the international fee document

Entry requirements

Any one of the following criteria must be met for entry:

  • A first class honours primary degree in Applied Linguistics or a related area.
  • A 2.1 honours Master's degree in Applied Linguistics or a related area.
  • A 2.2 honours Master's degree, plus two years' experience in Language Teaching, publishing or translation, or related fields.

Alternatively, if you meet the below criteria, you may apply for MIC's MA in Applied Linguistics. You may then transfer to Year 2 of the Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics if you meet progression requirements including required grade average on this programme:
  • A 2.2 honours primary degree, plus two years' experience in Language Teaching, publishing or translation, or related fields

or

  • Relevant prior experience in Language Teaching, publishing or translation, or related fields considered on a case-by-case basis

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level in English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.

What students think about Mary Immaculate College

    Kalina Anderson, USA

    Testimonial from Kalina Anderson, USA, student at Mary Immaculate College

    Getting to MIC, a school 4,000 miles from where I was born and raised, was almost too easy. Aside from adjusting to the cold weather, Limerick immediately felt like home. Everyone is so welcoming and helpful, and that doesn’t just include the staff at MIC. Setting up was reasonably affordable and food prices are comparable to those at home. There is a good variety of ethnic food places around, providing some of the comforts I could find at home.

    The trick to getting along well in a new country is getting involved. I signed up to be a Class Rep and served as the chairperson for the ever-changing International Society. As my Jamaican father would say, “Nuff respect to the Mary I and especially the International Office respect.”

    Theresa Hotz, Germany

    Testimonial from Theresa Hotz, Germany, student at Mary Immaculate College

    Studying at MIC was an experience I wouldn’t want to have missed. Thanks to the warm welcome of the President and all staff members, I felt at home right from the start. There are many academic and free time activities offered for anyone interested and the international students are taken really good care of

    In addition to the college life, all the international students have been travelling a lot on the weekends and thereby experienced the country and the culture intensively. Ireland is incredibly beautiful, especially the west coast, and the Irish are friendly and cheerful people who offer help whenever it’s needed. Having been given the chance to study at MIC has been a privilege which I am very thankful for!

    Elanor McDevitt, USA

    Testimonial from Elanor McDevitt, USA, student at Mary Immaculate College

    I’m coming up on my second year at MIC and it has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life. Before I’d even been accepted to the school, Ben and Holly from the International Office had a Skype call with my mother and me to go through any questions we had. Right away, I felt very welcomed, and that has stayed true throughout my time at MIC. One stand out opportunity from my first year is getting involved with the College’s radio station, Wired FM, where I co-host a weekly film talk show with another international student (who is now one of my closest friends).

    Limerick is a great city and there is always something to do. Almost anything you’d need is within a 20 minute walk from campus, including a train station - meaning traveling around Ireland is simple, and student rates make it affordable too!

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